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17 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT EDUCATION AROUND THE WORLD

 

1. The City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, is the largest school in the world in terms of number of students, with more than 32,000 students.
 
2. The students in China receive the most homework in the world. At an average, teenagers do a whopping 14 hours of homework in a week.
 
3. Pakistan does not give children a legal right to free education. Only children between the ages of 5 and 9 are entitled to compulsory education.
 
4. Summer vacations in Chile start from mid-December and end in early March. That's 3 whole months away from school. 
 
5. Children in Germany receive a special cone called Schultüte, which is filled with pens, pencils, books and snacks. But the catch is that they can only open it when they start school. 
 
6. In Holland, children start school on the day they turn 4
 
7. World's oldest school is in Canterbury, England. The King's School, as it is named, was founded in 597 AD.  The school is up-to-date with quality equipment and supplies and provides modern education. 
 
8. Kids in Japan are the most independent of the lot. They travel to school alone, clean their own classrooms and even carry lunch. There are no janitors or canteens in the schools. 
 
9. Turin has the smallest school in the world with only one pupil. 
 
10. Kids in Finland do not start school until the age of 7, which is one of the oldest ages around the world to start school.  
 
11. Iran is one country where girls and boys are educated separately till the time they reach college.  In fact, only women teachers take classes of girls and male teachers for boys.
 
12. In Kenya, it is not mandatory for children to go to school, but they mostly go anyway. 
 
13. In Brazil, having meals with family is an important part of the culture, which is why schools start at 7 AM and are over by noon so that the kids can have lunch with their parents.
 
14. World's highest school is situated in Phumachangtang, Tibet, at a height of 5,373 metres above sea level.
 
15. Have you ever seen a boat school? In Bangladesh, there are no fewer than 100 boat schools! Each one has internet access, a library and is solar powered. In Bangladesh, annual flooding can disrupt school for hundreds of thousands of students. In some areas, roads are impassable during the rainy season from July to October, when rivers rise as much as four metres, or 12 feet; hence, the need for boat schools.
 
16. In a remote area of Colombia, kids have to travel to school on a zip-line. It turns out the steel wires are the only form of transportation for those living in an isolated valley called Los Pinos. Very young kids aren’t allowed to use the zip-line alone. So they travel along the cable with their parents or an older sibling. If the kids didn’t travel this way, they’d have to walk through the rainforest and it would take two hours to get to school.
 
17. A school in Germany has been built to look like a giant white cat, complete with whiskers and circular windows for eyes. When students arrive at the school, they enter the building through the mouth of the cat. Once inside, it’s just like any other school. But there’s at least one more purr-fect feature that students can enjoy: the cat’s tail found at the back of the building doubles as a slide!